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New to me 1888

Posted by Todd B. on Friday, 26 May 2017, at 11:05 p.m.

Hello All, I'm a newbie here and just purchased my first trapdoor. It's a nice 1888 with a 1891 cartouche on the left hand side and the P behind the trigger guard - no other markings on the stock. It is one of the out of sequence examples, with a 127279 serial number. I have a few questions. It has no front sight hood - just a blade - should it have one? Also, the buttplate doesn't have a gate - is this correct? Lastly, are the modern "cowboy" loads okay to shoot? Thanks in advance, I look forward to learning more about these rifles.


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